Grant Achatz and the Next Restaurant Concept

What is Next Restaurant?
Next Restaurant will explore world cuisine. It is being developed by chef Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, and the creative team that built Alinea, including Crucial Detail designer Martin Kastner, Architect Steve Rugo, and Interior Designer Tom Stringer.
Next Restaurant will serve four menus per year from great moments in culinary history – or the future. Our team of chefs will investigate, test, refine, and present authentic menu interpretations from cultures, places and times. Depending on the cuisine, meals will be 5 to 6 courses and will include food, beverage pairings, and service.
The goal each season is to present the best possible menu from each culinary inspiration. They want to take diners on a journey to the foods we find exciting, delicious, and important.

How much?
A meal at Next will represent a great value. Depending on the menu AND what day and time you are dining, food will be $40 to $75 for the entire prix fixe menu. Wine and beverage pairings will begin at a $25 supplement. Next’s goal is to serve great food at not high prices.

Tickets?
Yes. Instead of reservations their bookings will be made more like a theater or a sporting event. The tickets will be fully inclusive of all charges, including service. Ticket price will depend on which seating you buy – Saturday at 8 PM will be more expensive than Wednesday at 9:30 PM. This will allow to the restaurant to offer an amazing experience at a very reasonable price. They will also offer an annual subscription to all four menus at a discount with preferred seating.
Two walk-in tables will be available every evening.
The tickets will be available via website, and they are building the reservation system from scratch to ensure the best customer experience. It will be simple to use, efficient, and familiar to anyone who has booked a show or travel online.

When?
Fall 2010 if all goes well. Sign up here to be notified when they begin booking, or follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.

What is The Aviary?
The Aviary is neither a bar nor a lounge exactly. Or perhaps it is a bar without a bar or bartenders. Or a lounge without the attitude of a lounge. It is a version of where people want to go for drinks on a Thursday evening with friends who care about what they are drinking and eating.

No Bartenders? No Bar?
They will have chefs and a kitchen producing drinks. The drinks will be innovative, beautiful, and consistent. Some will be classics, others will be informed by the menu at Next, still others will be something else entirely.

Food?
Yes. Next thinks every great drink deserves a food pairing. Or perhaps every-other great drink if you are on a pace. So they will craft bites to pair with the drinks, much like we normally find drinks to pair with our bites.

Tickets for this place too?
No. Just walk on in. Take a look at our drink kitchen, have a seat, order an alcoholic tasting menu.

When?
Same opening as Next Restaurant.

(Read more. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/dining/05achatz.html)

http://nextrestaurant.com/

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